Diritto e Religione nelle Società Multiculturali/ Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies/ Derecho y Religión en las Sociedades Multiculturales/ Droit et Religion dans les Sociétés Multiculturelles/ Recht und Religion in Multikulturellen Gesellschaften/ 多元化社会中的法与宗教 / القانون والدين في المجتمعات متعددة الثقافات


Special Issue Editor

Prof. Adelaide MaderaWebsite
Guest Editor
Department of Law, University Of Messina, 98122 Messina, Italy
Interests: canon law, law and religion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The so-called lockdown, imposed to restrain (or at least limit) the spread of COVID-19, had an overwhelming impact not only on our personal lives, but also on the exercise of religious freedom, which suffered unprecedented restrictions. Legal systems responded individually, and with differences, to the pandemic emergency, ranging from a complete interruption of the collective exercise of religious worship to a more cautious recognition of forms of religious accommodation.

This Special Issue aims to compare the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the exercise of religious freedom in different legal contexts, and to investigate how the pandemic crisis emphasized underlying judicial, political, socio-cultural, ethnic and economic challenges, giving rise to a tension between competing rights and exacerbating the tension between public religiously-neutral policies and claims for religious accommodation. Papers should examine: different legal responses to the health crisis, in terms of restrictions to the exercise of religious freedom, even in a comparative perspective; reactions of religious groups, in terms of opposition or cooperation, and ability of religious leaders to provide guidance and support to their faith communities; specific impact of restrictions on some religious communities and increase of religious discrimination against disliked faith-communities in specific geographical contexts.

The Special Issue aims to show that the interaction between religious law and secular law is a complex matter, and it will supplement the existing literature emphasizing the transversal vocation of the study of the management of religious diversity and its scope of operations.

Actually, its analysis only in terms of church state relationships would be incomplete: for this reason the Special Issue welcomes contributions which offer a serious investigation involving deep sociological, historical, political, and religious studies perspectives.

Prof. Adelaide Madera
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Health crisis
  • Exercise of religious freedom
  • Religious communities
  • Religious leaders
  • Discrimination

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.


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